Solace Women's Aid
Who we are
Solace Womens Aid is an innovative charity focused on supporting women and children in London affected by domestic and sexual violence. Solace provides refuge accommodation and community based services to over 10,000 women and children a year, offering a holistic package of support addressing the practical and emotional needs of survivors.
Our services also include advice, counselling, legal representation, dedicated children and young peoples services and advocacy support for survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Domestic and sexual violence affects the health and well-being of women and children in the immediate and long term future as they face daily risks to escape the abuse.
Two women are killed a week in the UK by a partner or former partner and thousands endure constant psychological abuse and regular physical assaults resulting in injury and poor mental health.
Solace supports women and children to keep them safe and help their short and long term recovery. London has higher rates of domestic violence than the average for England and Wales and our refuge services are full to capacity. Our services are a lifeline for thousands of women and children and we provide life changing support.
According to one survivor of violence who we supported last year: "Your bruises go away and your bones mend. But its the effect on your head, its the despair, being hopeless. Its a very dark place to be. But Solace has given me hope."